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Renewing cooperation on water: what hope for the two state solution?

    on the very same day that diplomats from 70 countries were meeting in Paris to reaffirm their support for the two-state solution, Israeli and Palestinian officials announced that they were restarting cooperation on water issues after a six-year hiatus. The Jerusalem Post called this agreement ‘a shining example of how cooperation on …

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PLO official ‘shocked’ by US silence on Israeli settlements

Agence France Presse RAMALLAH: A senior Palestinian official said Wednesday he was “shocked” by the White House’s silence on Israeli settlement expansion and called on U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to clarify its policy. “We used to hear condemnations, we used to hear American positions saying ‘(Israel) should stop settlement …

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Obama releases $221 million to the PA hours before leaving office

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — During the last hours of Barack Obama’s presidency, the outgoing leader released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in defiance of Republican members of the US Congress. According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, a state department official and congressional aids all said that the Obama administration had …

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Trump Consecrates Decades of US Policy on Palestine and Israel: Now What?

In late June 1967 and just before Israel’s unilateral annexation of East Jerusalem, British Foreign Minister Brown warned Israel that “if [Israel] purport[s] to annex the Old City or legislate for its annexation, they will be taking a step which will not only isolate them from world opinion, but will …

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Badil: Umm al-Hiran: new tactics, same policy of forcible displacement

Israeli bulldozers demolitions homes in Atir-Umm al-Hiran (Courtesy of All That’s Left Collective) – Adalah On 18 January 2017, Israeli forces completely demolished eight homes and seven agricultural buildings in the Palestinian Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in the Naqab, south of Israel.[1] During the police operation, Palestinian Bedouin resident …

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Renewed clashes erupt in Negev village as bulldozers demolish Bedouin homes

NEGEV (Ma’an) — Clashes broke out anew Wednesday morning between Israeli police and Palestinian Bedouin residents of the village of Umm al-Hiran as Israeli authorities demolished homes in the village, hours after Israeli police shot dead Palestinian citizen of Israel Yaqoub Moussa Abu al-Qian while he was driving near clashes. Israeli police …

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Two killed in Bedouin village slated to be demolished, replaced with Jewish town

Two people were killed and several others wounded when large numbers of police officers entered the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran, in southern Israel, to demolish the village at dawn on Wednesday. Police fired tear gas, sponge-tipped bullets, and there were reports of live ammunition as well. Among those wounded was Joint …

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At Security Council, senior UN envoy cautions against ‘unilateral’ action in Middle East

17 January 2017 – Unilateral actions threaten to unravel the two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians, the United Nations focal point on the Middle East today told the Security Council, stressing that both sides must do their part to create the necessary conditions to launch direct negotiations. In his first …

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UN says joint water committee important for two-state solution

The United Nations welcomed on Monday renewal of activity of the joint Palestinian-Israeli water committee and said it was important for the two-state solution. Nickolay Mladenov, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said in a statement that this agreement is in line with Quartet recommendations. “I …

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Hamas slams Facebook over blocking dozens of accounts supporting the movement

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas movement on Saturday slammed Facebook’s administration after the social media giant blocked dozens of accounts and pages in support of the movement following the launch of a social media campaign by the group promoting the actions of Hamas’ first bomb manufacturer. Husam Badran, a …

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